We are approaching one of the busiest times of year in Wilson County.
We are just more than two weeks away from the start of August, which means a whole lot of happenings for residents. Of course, any student in the county knows that Aug. 1 they will be headed back to school – whether they are excited or not. I am still trying to get used to that whole “school begins in August” deal, because when I attended Wilson County Schools we didn’t start until after Labor Day.
Which brings me to another big event – the Wilson County Fair. The third week in August is a big to-do in the county as people from across the state flock to the Ward Ag. Center for the state’s biggest fair. More than a half a million people have attended for each of the last three years. It’s a pretty big claim to fame when your county’s fair is larger than the state fair.
I’m glad that I had the opportunity to attend the fair before school began. I don’t know how many years I went that I was there for more than one whole day.
August is also the start of another of Wilson County’s favorite pastimes, football. Six high schools take the field each year looking for that state championship. Football is one of the few things that will tempt me to stand out in 30-degree weather for more than five minutes. I think the adrenaline has a little bit to do with that. Working here at the paper I have the opportunity to see some really great local rivalries up close and personal, standing on the sidelines with the players.
Of course, being that close also has its hazards.
I can’t count the number of times I have been standing there on the sidelines trying to see where the ball was going and how many yards were gained, and I looked up from my notepad only to find two or three fully-equipped football players heading directly for me after being pushed out of bounds. Thankfully I have avoided being run over thus far (I know what you’re thinking – “way to jinx yourself.”)
I’ve come close enough several times that I have learned to spend as little time as possible looking at your notepad, which can sometimes lead to that moment where you ask yourself “what in the heck was I trying to write there?”
On the bright side, we have some wonderful stats keepers at all of our schools who are happy to tell me what I missed.
And this year the office has the privilege of informing the public all about the election coming up Aug. 7. I’m going out on a limb and assuming that we will have the traditional “election day pizza” that has become a favorite portion of that crazy evening. What better way to break up the craziness of the biggest election in eight years than a big slice of pepperoni? Maybe that’s just me.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to a crazy, busy, but fun time coming up in a couple weeks.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.